Daily life in a South Dakota town during the Great Depression, shot by Ivan Besse. This is from the beginning of 0693_HM_Ivan_Besse_collection_Britton_South_Dakota_1938-39_Reel_3_10_00_53_00
January 2, 2010
Part 7- Continues with the late 1930's life of Birtton,S.D.
In Part 7, a couple who probably just got married take off in a coupe tied in the back with shoes.There are more clips of people walking and working on main street,paying tribute to the local soldiers that died, the high school cheerleaders and football team, some dogs fighting (hope that was quickly stopped), kidding around with a pet dog, and some duck hunters. All interesting to see.
December 10, 2005
We start this one off with two guys getting into a car, car pulls out dragging cans and shoes behind. Whoa, did they just get married? Who knew?? We then go to the usual street scenes, more Im ignoring the camera people, more mad dash out of the way of the camera people, and just ordinary folks. Then we have the olden days window washers, who would wash your outside window while sitting inside, legs inside. Pretty dangerous! More people watching! Shy store clerks! Winding up the motor for your car! Ahh! Limping man! We then cut to a Memorial day ceremony.. For the first world war I imagine.. Hmm, all the men are out, where are the women? The wives? The mothers? Back to the people on the street! A store clerk finally expresses his feelings by sticking out his tongue! Look Painters! One thing I like, is the extra long uhhh what do you call them, the things that hang over your store so people can take the shade.. ummmm.. anyways, next shot, two dogs, getting uh, a little comfortable with each other.. I dont want to know what happens next.. Whoa! A DOG FIGHT is what happens next!! After that, one of the dogs rests with his glasses and his pipe.. hmm.. More street scenes!! Two girls have way out clothing on Kid plays with tire.. man fixes car.. School is out again!! I think, the students look to be all going in one direction.. hmm Whoa, whats with the skirts? OK, maybe theyre headed off to a school recital.. We then see whitewashers at work, then another bonfire! Woo!! I like how these are shot.. No light except for the fire, and they sillohouette beautifully. Then we have a football game!! Ahh the joys of football without any padding!! Love the boring ass cheer team. Mmm! Pop! Theres a band there too.. Look at that raptured look the bass drummer has for the conductor! Shes got the HOTS for him!! Eeek! The football player is heading this way! Accck! The crowd looks like it might have some scouts!! After the game the crowd goes wild! They tear down the goalposts!! (really!) More street scenes.. Eek! A father and son hunting exhibition!! Straight out of deliverance, I tell ya.. Whoa,. Did I see some black people? OK, thats that reel J